Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Wilfred Bateman (1859-1907)
MSA SC 3520-13436


Born in Washington, D.C., January 17, 1859.  Son of Colonel Henry E. Bateman and Ariana (Hopkins) Bateman.  Attended public schools, Talbot County; Bethel Academy, Virginia.  Studied law under ex-Governor Philip Francis Thomas.  Admitted to the bar, December 1881. Never married.  Died July 9, 1907. Buried, Springhill Cemetery, Easton, Maryland.

School teacher for two years in Bailey's Neck.  Engaged in the private practice of  law after 1881.  Commissioner in Chancery for the Circuit Court, Talbot County, 1883-1896.  Clerk of the Circuit Court, Talbot County, 1896-1897.  Council to the Democratic Board of Election Supervisors.  Council for the Farmers and Merchants' Bank and the Talbot Savings Bank.  Chair, Democratic State Central Committee of Talbot County.  Secretary and treasurer, Talbot County Fair Association, one year.  Appointed secretary of state by Governor John Walter Smith, 1900-04.  Bateman was said to have "popularized the office [of secretary of state] to an unusual extent." (Frank Richardson Kent, The Story of Maryland Politics.  Hatboro, PA:  Tradition Press, 1968, 258).  Thirty-second degree Mason; Member, Coats Lodge, A. F. & A. M., Talbot Chapter; R. A. M., Chesapeake Commandery, K. T.; Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Board of Directors, Chesapeake Yacht Club.  Trustee, Trinity Cathedral.

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